This is why pre-school should be universally available  "Parent Playground" by Janis Wunderlich, part of On the Wall at Colorado College.
  • This is why pre-school should be universally available "Parent Playground" by Janis Wunderlich, part of On the Wall at Colorado College.

17 Thursday

They say that the people of Alaska are a breed unto their own, especially the 11 ice sculptors calling Cripple Creek home this week. The artists will hack, carve, gouge, chip and melt giant blocks of ice, creating beautiful, if temporary, sculptures. Ice Fest 2000 is part of Cabin Fever Daze, a week-long get-out-of-the-house-and-get-loony celebration which also features Downhill Gravity Races on Feb. 19. For more information about events, call 877/858-GOLD.

Founding member of Grammy Award-winning group Irakere, Cuban-born Arturo Sandoval, began studying classical trumpet at the age of 12. He soon discovered jazz, and became a protg of Dizzy Gillespie. Sandoval will perform at the University of Southern Colorado in Pueblo. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. in Hoag Recital Hall. Tickets are $15. Call 719/542-1211.

18 Friday

Ty Herndon, of the smoldering eyes, tousled hair, Wrangler-created cowboy butt and Sony Music contract will be crooning at Cowboys, 3910 Palmer Park Blvd. tonight at 7:30. Tickets to see the up-and-coming country music star are $12-$16. Call 596-1212 to find out more.

Today marks the beginning of the fourth annual Denver Jazz on Film Festival at Cameron Church in Denver. Films from all over the world focus on jazz in all its forms, from Soviet musicals and jazz from Poland and Nazi Germany to Woody Allen's latest, Sweet and Lowdown; and the people involved -- Django Reinhardt, Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Count Basie and many, many more. The films run through Monday. Admission is $3.50-$5 per show. Call 303/592-1168 for tickets or 303/871-1950 for more information.

19 Saturday

Local hell-raisers Filth Industry are proud to announce their debut CD, Bandersnatch. They'll be celebrating with fellow band Last Supper at their CD Release Party at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Tickets are $3-$5, the show begins at 9 p.m. Call 447-9797 for details.

"Hey, Cletus!"

"Yeah, Maybell?"

"T'night's the last night we could go t' th' White Trash Fambly Reunion at th' VFW."

"Well hell, throw the dogs in the truck and let's go!"

The hilarious, interactive family reunion includes a country supper, dancing and Elvis, not to mention the cowboy cha cha, all at 955 Bannock Street in Denver. Admission is $39, you must be 13 and up. Be sure to dress in your white trash best, even if it means borrowing shoes. Call 303/573-5931.

In 1921, a court case involving a teenaged black boy accused of assaulting a teenaged white girl in a elevator sparked one of the worst race riots in U.S. history. The entire black community of Tulsa, Okla., suffered losses as their homes and businesses were burnt to the ground, their belongings and automobiles destroyed, their friends and families arrested, lynched or accidentally killed in the frenzy. The Night Tulsa Burned is a documentary examining the riots and their cause. It will be shown as part of the Air Force Academy's African-American Film Series and will be followed by a panel discussion. The film begins at 2 p.m. in the Air Force Academy Community Center Theater. Admission is free.

20 Sunday

Morgan A. Schick is standing up bravely for a solo exhibition of artwork in Colorado College's Packard Hall, 25 W. Cache la Poudre St. Opening reception for the maverick show, titled The Aesthetic is the Concept, begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. For details, call 481-0475 or e-mail

21 Monday

Star Jones (you'll remember her as the host of ABC's The View who was soooo impressed with the witticisms of El Paso County Wonder Commissioner Betty Beedy) will discuss her rich and varied television and legal careers as part of the Unique Lives and Experiences Lecture Series. The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. in Buell Theater at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Call 800/641-1222 for ticket information.

22 Tuesday

Ha-ha ho-ho and hee-hee ... Laughter supposedly can cure illness and chase away the blues, and anyone who has ever chortled, snickered or guffawed can testify to the healing power of a good laughing binge. So if you're feeling down, perhaps a little blue, maybe just out of sorts, head over to the Sing Along and Laugh Along at UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, a sort of Romper Room for grown-ups. Join Prof. Jim Eberhart in singing humorous songs of the last century. Most lyrics will be provided. Admission is free and the singing begins at 12:15 p.m. Call 262-3450.

23 Wednesday

Finally, someone's giving up the respect Gumby, Pokey and the Blockheads fought so long to gain. Colorado College hosts On the Wall: a Clay Invitational, featuring the works of 14 artists in Coburn Gallery in the Worner Center, on the northwest corner of Cascade Avenue and Cache la Poudre Street. The opening reception for On the Wall begins at 5 p.m.; admission is free. The show will be exhibited until April 16. For more info, call 389-6797. p

-- Kristen Sherwood

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